Making good Mondays is like making coffee -

The week is before us - like the coffee pot - waiting to brew. Making it good is a matter of choice, luck, creativity, patience and acceptance of the outcome.

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Next Good Monday

Tomorrow begins a new work week for many in the labor force. I am one of the lucky ones who has reached retirement age. Economic trends affecting my Monday include low interest rates for my savings, increased gasoline and grocery prices. These same trends probably also affect you. This article from US News and World Report tells you "6 ways to eat better for less." The authors suggest that you "plan ahead. . . do it yourself. . . rediscover eggs and beans. . . go meatless . . . reinvent leftovers. . . and use what's in the fridge." The same source discusses "how the economy will affect your investments this year."

What are the current economic trends that might have an effect on your Monday? The Washington Post recommends starting to save early and as much as you can. I did this and it has helped a great deal to stretch my small "fixed income. If you are Catholic, or even if you are not, you might have heard that the Pope has spoken out on behalf of immigrants. Things are tougher for members of families separated by borders these days.

If you travel by air you hope that your Monday flight is safe and on time. My current dilemma is whether to fly or drive the 1200 miles to visit my family of origin. If you are in an organization that "thinks green," you are in a good situation to help out there and in your own home as well. Our household's greening efforts have included installing solar screens, energy saving bulbs, changing the thermostat, and turning out lights as we leave rooms.

As you start your working Monday tomorrow, I hope you have a good place to go where you love your job, get paid what you are worth, enjoy the respect of your boss and vice versa, and that you get to take your allotted number of coffee breaks.

My topical post today at South by Southwest and The Reaction is about politics.

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References on Spirituality -- Favorites from my old collection

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  • "A World Waiting To Be Born: Civility Rediscovered" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
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A retired counselor, I am equal parts Techie and Artist. I am a Democrat who came to the Southwest to attend college. I married, had kids and have lived here all my adult life.